Education Level Required for CNA

Updated on January 01, 2009
K.E. asks from Oswego, IL
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I am an adjunct college instructor, and I also work with the GED program. I have two ladies wanting to pursue their CNA certificate and they have asked if an employer requires them to have their GED before getting hired for a CNA position. I do know they can take classes at our community college (same college the GED prep program is through)while pursuing their GED. Their question is do they have to have a GED in order to get hired? Also, does anybody know the average hourly salary for this type of position in this area. I'm not from here and I know it was about 7-9 dollars per hour where I was from in S. Indiana. I know it probably isn't a lot, but they are looking to gain experience in the healthcare field for a nursing career later on.
Thanks for any info.

Additonal note: They do plan to earn their GED. They currently work full time in a factory and thought getting a CNA position while they pursue their GED would be a good move.

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answers from Chicago on

I am a recruiter for a hospital system, and our job description reads high school diploma or equivalent (which means GED). Also in order to work in our hospitals, they need a CNA certification and must pass the Illinois CNA certification exam. Pay starts at $10.75. Computer experience is required too because we do online charting.



answers from Springfield on

I am not for certain on wether GED is required for a CNA job, but it is required to take classes in nursing. I would advise them to get their GED no matter what. It puts them on a more even playing field with everyone else. If the employer is looking at potential hires, he puts the least education to the back of the pile...



answers from Chicago on

Hi Kimberli.
I'm sorry I can't offer any info on your request, however I was curious how you went about becoming an adjunct instructor. Please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] Thanks.



answers from Chicago on

same pay as in indiana

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